The Chicago Community Trust

For more than 92 years, The Chicago Community Trust has worked hand in hand with thousands of local residents who see how good Chicago can be and who want to be part of a promising future.

It is dedicated to the Chicago region and to endowing its future. Together with its donors, the Trust continues to address the region's pressing challenges and most promising opportunities.

The mission of the Trust is to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the quality of life and the prosperity of Chicago.

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Recent News from Chicago Community Trust

New Grant Program for Neighborhood Organizations
Foundation: Chicago Community Trust

“Our success with the Chicago Fund effort showed us that we had an opportunity to extend grant-making beyond the summer months to...more

Klezmer Music Foundation Awarded Arts Emergency Grant
Foundation: Chicago Community Trust

Thanks to a $12,000 grant from Arts Work Fund—Arts for Illinois Emergency Relief Fund (housed at The Chicago Community Trust) to mitigate...more

Want A Good Place To Focus Your Charitable Giving?
Foundation: Chicago Community Trust, Weingart Foundation

... over police violence against black people and fear about pandemic infections, how can you make a difference with your philanthropic dollar? ... In 2019, philanthropy enjoyed a record year, up...more

PR Community Foundation, Amgen lead $625K COVID-19 community prevention initiative
Foundation: Central Florida Foundation, Puerto Rico Community Foundation , Amgen Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

The strategy is based on preventing and containing COVID-19 in several island towns through community health clinics — known as Centers 330 —...more

Chicago Community Trust Raises $20 Million for COVID-19 Efforts
Foundation: Chicago Community Trust

A Chicago community foundation is raising millions for dozens of local nonprofits on the front lines of the coronavirus...more

MLS Unites Connects Soccer Community During an Unprecedented Time
Foundation: Austin Community Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Dallas Foundation

Following a donation to Austin Community Foundation's Stand With Austin Fund, designed to support nonprofits, individuals, and small...more

How Gov. Pritzker, sister Penny — billionaires both — jump-started Illinois COVID-19 relief fund
Foundation: Caterpillar Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

The luxury days of time-consuming grant-making applications and review are over. Last Tuesday, the Chicago fund announced $3.5 million in grants...more

How Gov. Pritzker, sister Penny — billionaires both — jump-started Illinois COVID-19 relief fund
Foundation: Caterpillar Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

In the war against COVID-19, the Pritzkers are working the philanthropy precincts — and opening their own wallets — to address the...more

Fund to grant $1M to summer programs
Foundation: Chicago Community Trust

The coalition's Chicago Fund will give out $1 million in rapid-response grants that will range from $1,000 to $10,000 "to support programs and...more

Collective Impact Takes Center Stage at Engage Lake County
Foundation: Lake County Community Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

Hosted by The Lake County Community Foundation (LCCF), in partnership with University Center of Lake County, College of Lake County,...more

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Gates Foundation Pledges $50 Million to Fight Ebola Epidemic

Gates Foundation Pledges $50 Million to Fight Ebola Epidemic

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $50 million to support emergency efforts to contain the threat caused by Ebola in West Africa.

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